Compost

How Compost is Made


The compost is produced at the city’s compost facility located at 318 Davidson Drive. It is a mixture of green waste and dewatered biosolids left over from the wastewater treatment process. 

All finished compost is tested per state standards for the following:

  • Soluble salts
  • Pathogens
  • Fecal coliform
  • Salmonella
  • pH
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Benefits of CompostTomato_n_Compost

  1. Improves soil structure, porosity and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
  2. Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
  3. Improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching.
  4. Supplies a variety nutrients for plants.
  5. Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.

Using Compost

Boots FilteredCompost has a variety of uses, such as general landscaping, flower beds, house plants, gardens, lawns, shrubbery, trees, etc.

Below are some examples of how to mix and measure compost. 

  • Established Lawns - Apply 3/4 to 1 cubic yard of compost per 1,000 square feet, to a depth of 1/4 to 3/8 inch. This is best done in early spring and late fall when conditions are cool and moist.
  • New Lawns - Apply 3 cubic yards per 1,000 square feet to a depth of 1 inch and rototill to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.
  • Flower Boxes and House Plants - Mix two parts compost, one part peat moss, and 1 part perlite or vermiculite.
  • Flower Beds - Apply 3 cubic yards of compost for every 1,000 square feet to a depth of 1 inch.
  • Vegetable Gardens - Apply 1 cubic yard per 1,000 square feet, once per year in late fall or winter.
  • Recommendations - We recommend you wear garden gloves when working with compost and other garden materials.
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DISCLAIMER: 

The City of Hot Springs certifies that the compost has been treated by a Process to Further Reduce Pathogens (PFRP) and Vector Attraction (VAR) process as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

The City of Hot Springs has analyzed the compost in accordance with the requirement of the EPA and ADEQ. The City of Hot Springs makes no offers, express, or implied. There is no warranty of merchantability or of fitness of this compost for any purpose. Compost is hygienically and environmentally safe if it is used properly.